Those concerned about gentrification might be relieved to hear that the Mission continues to keep it real, if by “real” you mean “crimey.”

According to the SFPD, a pedestrian at 23rd and South Van Ness says they were confronted by two men (described by the police as “Hispanic males”), one armed with a handgun, who “demanded his property” last night.

The victim complied and the suspects fled via vehicle. The victim was unharmed, and the police has yet to make an arrest. The anonymous Mission Station tipline is 552-4558 if you have any info on this crime.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • bloomsm

    I think you have touched on something important here about changes in a city. There exists a common misperception that the Mission is some sort of hipster utopia, when that it is an illusion. While you are enjoying that cappucino after a nice meal at Delfina, four blocks down and five blocks over (10 minute walk), gangsters are killing each other. Gangs control the blocks south of Mission St to the freeway, and from 14th to 23rd. So, as the Valencia corridor becomes “gentrified” (so to speak), the rest of the (outer) Mission remains a gangster’s paradise. And that will not change just because a doofus on a fixie wants it to. It will not change until the City is able to crack that cycle of violence, retribution, and more violence. Gangsters don’t call the cops; they take care of things internally (.e., the Portrero Hill pizzeria shootings).

    This is why John Avalos lives in a fantasy world. Because every day in the Mission, the violent felons get younger and younger. Under the false pretense of “sanctuary”, and a willingly blind eye, Avalos enables the next generation to dig violent roots in the community that are very hard to remove.

  • bloomsm

    I think you have touched on something important here about changes in a city. There exists a common misperception that the Mission is some sort of hipster utopia, when that it is an illusion. While you are enjoying that cappucino after a nice meal at Delfina, four blocks down and five blocks over (10 minute walk), gangsters are killing each other. Gangs control the blocks south of Mission St to the freeway, and from 14th to 23rd. So, as the Valencia corridor becomes “gentrified” (so to speak), the rest of the (outer) Mission remains a gangster’s paradise. And that will not change just because a doofus on a fixie wants it to. It will not change until the City is able to crack that cycle of violence, retribution, and more violence. Gangsters don’t call the cops; they take care of things internally (.e., the Portrero Hill pizzeria shootings).

    This is why John Avalos lives in a fantasy world. Because every day in the Mission, the violent felons get younger and younger. Under the false pretense of “sanctuary”, and a willingly blind eye, Avalos enables the next generation to dig violent roots in the community that are very hard to remove.

  • Seven

    12 years ago, I lived a couple blocks from there. Had two “incidents”.

    Moved to the Sunset, where I’ve never been attacked. Where I can and do walk around at midnight, and I don’t have to worry which block I’m on. It’s all safe.

    The Mission is great and has many offerings. It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

  • Seven

    12 years ago, I lived a couple blocks from there. Had two “incidents”.

    Moved to the Sunset, where I’ve never been attacked. Where I can and do walk around at midnight, and I don’t have to worry which block I’m on. It’s all safe.

    The Mission is great and has many offerings. It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.